Ryan Riess & Jay Farber Will Play Heads-Up for 2013 WSOP Main Event Title

There will be an American champion for the second consecutive year in the WSOP Main Event, with Jay Farber taking on Ryan Riess for the title Tuesday night. (Tim Fiorvanti photo)

There will be an American champion for the second consecutive year in the WSOP Main Event, with Jay Farber taking on Ryan Riess for the title Tuesday night. (Tim Fiorvanti photo)

After nearly four hours without an elimination at the final table of the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event, a flurry of action reduced the field from six players to two in the blink of an eye.

When play resumes on Tuesday evening it will be 28-year-old Jay Farber, who holds 105 million and the chiplead, against 23-year-old Ryan Riess, who has 85,675,000. That follows the eliminations of Sylvain Loosli in fourth place and finally Amir Lehavot in third place, ending what was at times a slow-moving night in a rapid conclusion.

Loosli was left with just under 10 big blinds after the elimination of JC Tran in fifth place, and when the action folded around to him in the small blind he open-shoved. Riess called with A T and Loosli had two live cards with the Q 7, with the flop falling K 9 8. The 9 left Loosli with six outs, and the A knocked out the last hope for the first ever French Main Event champion in fourth place.

Lehavot had 21 big blinds and an uphill climb, but three-handed play would last a grand total of one hand. Riess raised to 2 million from the small blind and Lehavot three-bet all in for 21,150,000, which Riess quickly called. Lehavot had a pair of 7 7, but he was crushed against Riess’ T T. It ran out Q 8 4 2 J and the 2013 WSOP Main Event was suddenly down to two players.

It was the end of a long day of poker. Mark Newhouse and David Benefield returned to the final table and would be the first two players eliminated. Newhouse was the first player to hit the rail after he moved all in from the cutoff with a stack of about ten big blinds. Riess called behind him holding A K and Newhouse tabled two black nines. Riess hit the flop when it fell K T 7 and Newhouse needed to hit running straight cards or a nine to stay alive. He missed when the board finished 7 6 and Newhouse was the first casualty of the final table.

Benefield would be the next to hit the rail when he three-bet shoved preflop holding K 2 and Farber called with A K. The board ran Q T 5 J 2 and Benefield was out in eighth place.

Michiel Brummelhuis exited in seventh place, but not before he doubled up holding pocket nines to Riess’ A Q. His nines held and he doubled up to 16 million. But two hands later Brummelhuis shipped it all in holding pocket nines again, Riess called again but this time held pocket aces. The board ran K 7 4 2 7 and Brummelhuis was out in seventh place.

Four hours would pass before another player would hit the rail – and then two would hit the rail in short order. Marc-Etienne McLaughlin ran into the biggest cooler of the night to bust out in sixth place. He ran pocket kings into Farber’s pocket aces for 79 million chips and 41% of the chips in play. The board ran 8 7 2 J J and McClaughlin’s day was done.

Tran was short stacked and moved in preflop with A 7. Farber called with K Q and the board ran his way with K J 9 5 6 and Farber moved to over the 100 million chip mark.

2013 World Series of Poker Main Event – Current Chip Counts

  1. Jay Farber – 105,000,000
  2. Ryan Riess – 85,675,000
  3. Amir Lehavot – $3,727,823 (Out in 3rd)
  4. Sylvain Loosli – $2,792,533 (Out in 4th)
  5. JC Tran – $2,106,893 (Out in 5th)
  6. Marc-Etienne McLaughlin – $1,601,024 (Out in 6th)
  7. Michiel Brummelhuis – $1,225,356 (Out in 7th)
  8. David Benefield – $944,650 (Out in 8th)
  9. Mark Newhouse – $733,224 (Out in 9th)
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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